The Best Hotels Near Chinatown, San Francisco

San Franciscos Chinatown neighborhood is a colorful and central place from which visitors can enjoy the city
San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood is a colorful and central place from which visitors can enjoy the city | © Andrew Lloyd / Alamy Stock Photo
Molly Codyre

World-famous for a reason, the resplendent Chinatown of San Francisco was North America’s first and is still the continent’s largest. Stay near this unmissable neighborhood with our pick of hotels in Chinatown within walking distance of all the dim sum, galleries and karaoke bars it has to offer – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco


The modern rooftop at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco is filled with red and white furniture, pot plants and wooden decking
Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton /
Luxury epitomised, the Ritz-Carlton brand is synonymous with opulence. With three drinking and dining spots – one a jewel-toned wine-tasting room – that serve up farm-to-table American cuisine and wines predominantly from the Bay Area, it’s an excellent choice for foodies. The spa is run in conjunction with skincare brand L’Occitane and offers signature treatments like the Tech Tension Relief and the Jet Lag Reviver sure to slip you into holiday mode within minutes.

2. SW Hotel


A twin room at SW Hotel, Chinatown, San Francisco has simplistic design and a work desk
Courtesy of SW Hotel /

An intimate hotel designed with contemporary Asian decor, the SW Hotel, located in the bustle of Chinatown, is a quiet place for serious rest and relaxation. A helpful front-desk team assists guests in booking nearby tours to make the best of their stay in the area. Free Wi-Fi and a complimentary tea and coffee service make the hotel a great place for budget travelers. Many of the rooms feature mini-fridges and a seating area for maximum comfort.

3. InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco


The lounge area at InterContinental Mark Hopkins is dressed in classical style with red and gold embelleshments
Courtesy of InterContinental Mark Hopkins / Expedia
Cutting a striking figure atop Nob Hill, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins is a palatial building presiding over the city. Interiors feel regal with enormous chandeliers, deep-chestnut wainscot-paneled walls and sweeping drapery, not to mention a mini museum in the lobby that explores the hotel’s history in the most grandiose of ways. Not just relying on its good looks, the hotel is dedicated to being as eco-friendly as possible, which means a rigorous recycling program, a focus on clean energy and encouraging guests to try to cut their carbon footprint.

5. Fairmont San Francisco


Outdoor, rooftop breakfast spread at Fairmont San Francisco Hotel with panoramic skyline and bay views
Courtesy of Fairmont San Francisco /
Gastronomical connoisseurs – and bee conservationists – will be happy to know that the regeneration of the city’s bee population is taking place right above their heads on the hotel’s rooftop. Both the honey harvested from the rooftop beehives and the fresh herbs grown in the garden are served in the restaurants and bars downstairs. Choose from tiki-themed Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar (which has tropical vibes and periodic “thunderstorms”) or Laurel Court Restaurant with its So-Cal-inspired menu of dishes like tuna tartare and Mediterranean salad.

6. Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

Suite Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel

A lounge area at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel boasts a grand interior with a roaring fireplace and plush furnishings
Courtesy of Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel / Expedia
The gilded aesthetic at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake is an homage to the Roaring 20s, the era in which the hotel was built. It has been renovated since, but stepping inside still sends you back into that glitzy decade, thanks to wainscot-paneled walls, twinkling chandeliers and mid-century furnishings. The raucous drinking establishments match the Gatsby mansion for atmosphere, hosting glamorous events like drag brunches and burlesque nights. Cheers!

This article is an updated version of a story created by K Santos.

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article